What does a war on the other side of the world have to do with our every day behavior? Is there a link between what we do at home and the other side of the world?
How do we make any sense of it all?
I was taking my son to the baby sitter’s house, on September 11, 2001, when I first heard about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York City. At the time, I was quite naive to what was happening in the world (I had never even heard of the World Trade Centers until that day). The terror of the day, however, will remain with me, and millions more, however, I found myself seeing others showing their own ‘true selves’ that day. Strangers talking to one another, offering and encouraging word, embracing one another in a time of need.
Since I was a child, I had a dream of saving the world. I thought of different ideas to promote peace through out the world, although never took the steps to do them. I would watch the commercials on t.v about the children in third world countries, and count up my pennies to see if I had enough to save at least one child from the poverty they faced.
Now, eight years after the first plane struck the World Trade Centers, I find myself asking, What can I do to stop this war? To stop the madness? To bring enlightenment to the world?
Since the War on Terror started, I have seen countless soldiers die, one who was in my family, and one that I went to high school with. These two deaths brought home the reality that the war is real. Being an outsider, or an observer watching the news, it’s so easy to back away and think, this isn’t a part of me…but then a friend dies, or a family member as opposed to a stranger suddenly the war is real.
Recently my brother in law shared the song Hero of War, by Rise Against.
While, it’s not a traditional Positive song, to me the positivity comes from the awareness that it promotes. It’s hard to make sense out of war no matter how you look at it. Somehow we’ve gotten the traditional idea of a hero a little mixed up, as Rise Against explains in this song.
A true hero, is an every day person like myself, or like you, who takes a stand for peace, without killing or targeting out one certain group of people. A real hero will find the answers in the problems, without filling other’s lives with negativity.
One step at a time, we can move towards a world or peace, love and understanding. You can start today with your next door neighbour, the jerk at work, or on your drive home. By showing others your loving ways, you will send the message out that we don’t need to be mean, to get what we want, we don’t need to be rude, or pushy, or filled with hate. You may not believe that one person treating another person with kindness and love will affect the war on the other side of the world, but certainly neither does doing nothing at all. You eventually have to believe in the ripple effect and that love here does affect love there.
All we need is love.
Until next time,
Live love and love life,